The borough of Hightstown is located in Mercer County, N.J. The community is situated in central New Jersey, roughly 13 miles west of Trenton along the New Jersey Turnpike. The town's ideal location allows it to foster diversity and culture yet remain a quaint area. According to statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau, about 5,500 people live in Hightstown. Hightstown apartments for rent are ideal for individuals and families who want a laid-back community feel with easy access to the tri-state metropolitan area.
Hightstown is one of the oldest towns in New Jersey. It was founded in 1971 by a couple who purchased 3,000 acres of land from the British Crown. True to New Jersey's "Garden State" motto, the city began as an agricultural hub. It stayed that way until railroad service reached the area, bringing manufacturing. Today little of the agricultural heritage exists, but the city has preserved some of its early buildings.
Hightstown is a tight-knit community, and local leaders use this to their advantage to promote growth. A group of volunteers run Downtown Hightstown, Inc., which seeks to improve the town's central area through community events and activities. Hightstown residents find many opportunities in the town and 12 percent of the population work and live in the borough, according to City-Data. The most common occupations are construction and administration and supply and waste service management. The town is within 20 miles of several higher education institutions, including Mercer County Community College, Princeton University and Rutgers University, New Brunswick.
Lovers of the outdoors enjoy all of the activities offered in Hightstown. The borough's 18-acre recreational lake, Peddie Lake, and Mercer County bike paths help athletes prepare for the annual Hightstown Triathlon. Residents also participate in the many events held by Downtown Hightstown. These include a winter window decorating contest, a farmer's market and Hightstown's annual Hometown Harvest Fair.
When residents want to visit a larger city, they enjoy all Trenton has to offer, including America's second-oldest statehouse, the New Jersey State Museum and the AA baseball team Trenton Thunder.
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